Yorke: 'We have'50-50' chance at World Cup'

April 2, 2006

Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke claims his team have a 50-50 chance of qualifying from Group B at this summer's World Cup.

The former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker said that the Soca Warriors will confound their status as rank outsiders when they face Sweden, England and Paraguay.

'We are going there to compete,' said Yorke. 'We have a 50-50 chance like everybody else.

'We've been in situations where we were the better team but didn't get the results. It's 11 versus 11 and we'll be going to Germany with that mentality.'

Yorke is currently playing in Australia with Sydney FC but is expected to be in his homeland in May to take part in the team's farewell international friendly before the World Cup against Peru on May 10.

'Whoever the manager brings in we have to ensure that they are welcomed and you can see the guys are very enthusiastic,' said Yorke.

'I think we have to go there as a group to make sure we can compete with the very best.'

Referring to the recent 2-0 win over Iceland in London, he said: 'To get a victory like we did in our last game against Iceland away from home was very rewarding. These games are selected through management staff and based on the teams that we are likely to come up against in Germany.

'This (against Peru) is a good test for us. So far things seem to be going in the right direction and hopefully we can kick it off again the next time we are together.'

The 34-year-old said: 'The people of Trinidad and Tobago should have a lot of faith and encouragement from the team.'

'We want to thank everyone from the country who has supported us through good and bad times and everyone who has been instrumental in the team's success.'